Origami crafts are one of the most popular paper crafts and hobbies. Although most relate origami as the Japanese art of folding paper into intricate objects, we are now able to create origami shapes into useful items such as desk organizers. By following a few simple folding techniques and selectin
Polar fleece is a great fabric choice for hats, mittens and scarves. This warm, easy-care fabric repels moisture and is easy to cut and sew. A polar fleece scarf can be made by measuring and cutting a length of fleece. Since fleece won't fray, the edges can be left raw or they can be turned under
The Japanese art of amigurumi is the traditional crocheting craft of making small stuffed animals and characters. The name comes from the Japanese name for animals, or "ami," and the word for dolls, "nuigurumi." Unlike other crocheting techniques, amigurumi uses a single, continu
Activities and crafts are a useful way to teach preschoolers about the letters of the alphabet. After teaching your preschoolers the letters of the alphabet, start working with one letter a day or week to help them recognize each letter and the sound it makes. Incorporating the letter "O" into stimu
Crochet is such a versatile fiber art that you can crochet flowers with embroidery floss and a steel crochet hook. The color combinations are many, allowing you to crochet roses using traditional colors or branch out, using unexpected color groupings. To crochet a rose with floss, you must be able t
Single crochet stitches are the smallest and simplest to create. Single stitches are extremely popular in patterns because they're both great for beginners and useful for specialty patterns like Amigurumi -- stuffed animals and dolls made using nothing but single crochet stitches.
Crocheting a ruffled edging may seem like a daunting (and time-consuming) task, but it's actually much simpler than it looks. With the use of some triple crochet stitches, you can make a beautiful edging that will not only finish off your handmade blanket beautifully, but also give it that extra pro
Monsters no longer have to be a fearsome sight. In all shapes and sizes, monsters can be cute and cuddly. Delight your child or help her get over a fear of things that go bump in the night by creating your own cute monster for her to love and hold. Pick colors that your child loves. Let your child g
Beer is the alcoholic drink of choice for many individuals, especially during the hot summer months. Beer labels differentiate the companies that make the beer and the type of beer so that consumers can choose the type of beer they prefer to drink. Whether you plan to enjoy the beer yourself, or s
In crochet, gauge means the number of stitches in a square inch. Your gauge depends on the yarn, the size of your hook, and how tightly you make your stitches. The gauge determines the finished size of a crocheted item.
The paper scraps in the recycle bin could become your next work of art. Recycled paper crafts are suitable for both kids and adults. Reclaim your wasted paper by making one of these easy craft projects at home or at school.
The loss of an infant boy is unspeakably sad. The devastation you feel is in direct contrast with the common joy and thrill of having a healthy baby's life to celebrate. But this does not mean that you are wrong to remember the hopes you had, or even the terrible feelings you may be enduring. While
The beach is a giant sandbox where even adults are allowed to enjoy the toys. The best beach toys will occupy the little ones as well as provide a little excitement between bouts of sunbathing for the adults. Fun in the sun is more entertaining while throwing a Frisbee around, building sand castles
Digital photo frames provide a fun way to show off family and friends in a 21st century kind of way. These little digital masterpieces are typically made up of a super-sharp LCD screen and tiny computing device that allows you to upload and store photos in its internal hard drive. These devices can
Pipe smoking has a long history and evokes an image of relaxed reading or quiet contemplation. Sherlock Holmes smoked pipes while he thought about cases, calling a particularly difficult one a “three-pipe problem.” Modern, artfully created pipes can cost in excess of $500 while low-end
A personalized stationery kit could keep the fine art of letter writing alive. This stationery kit is composed of a variety of items needed for an elegant thank you note, invitation or handwritten letter to an old friend and includes envelopes and seals. The kit would make a wonderful holiday gift f
Each bird has a beak unique to its species. The shape of the beak indicates what type of items the bird eats and, in some instances, what type of work the beak completes. An owl has a curved beak. The shape of the beak is like a teardrop: The top of the beak is wide with the bottom coming to a point
It can be daunting to try to create the face of a doll or plush toy. The simple lines of the eyes, nose and mouth create the doll's character and the stitching needs to be sturdy enough to stand up to a child's enthusiastic play. The chain stitch is strong, bold and easy to master and with it you ca
Vintage and reproduction pillowcases offer charming material to create Capri pants sets. The seamstress can sew a set of Capris for a child, sizes 2-10. Fancy embroidery and crochet show off the skills of women of yesteryear, or perhaps a modern woman! With minimal sewing skills and the pillowcases